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Monday, November 8, 2010

Rossi bids bye to Yamaha

As the curtain drew on 2010 MotoGP season at Valencia, it was also curtains on one of the most entertaining, spell bounding and historical partnerships in the history of MotoGP racing. It was Valentino Rossi's last race for the Fiat Yamaha team. The God of Turns, would now be seen dressed in Red for Ducati for the year 2011.

Basking in the glory of 46 victories (which also happens his lucky number), 4 Championship titles, Rossi snapped out 84th podium with Yamaha at Valencia, definitely he has been the man for Yamaha for the past seven years and one of the chief mind behind sculpting the Yamaha YZR M1 as one of most potent MotoGP tools. Not to take credits away from the Spaniard Joerge Lorenzo, and he proved his metal once again at Valencia, but yes, one thing's for sure that Rossi would always remain the blade runner for Yamaha's success.

Here is what Valentino Rossi, Masao Furusawa and Lin Jarvis had to say -

Valentino Rossi: "This is a very emotional day but I'm very happy as well because I don't have any regrets and there have been no bad moments or thoughts throughout these seven seasons together with Yamaha. From the beginning it was something great and we worked very well together. Like in life, in sport the results are crucial but just as important is the enjoyment and we had this at Yamaha. We had a great fusion in my team - the Australians, the Italians, the Japanese, the English and many more...a lot of people all together having fun. If in 2004 somebody had told me that I would win four world championships with Yamaha and 46 Grand Prix I would have signed in blood! I am happy. I have to thank first of all Masao Furusawa because we went through some difficult moments but we were able to improve the bike and make it the best machine, then I just have to say a big thank you to everybody who helped me in these seven seasons, and wish everyone good luck."

Masao Furusawa, Yamaha Engineering Operations Executive Officer: "I would like to thank Valentino very much, I started in MotoGP in 2003 and it was a terrible year, it was almost like I was in hell! I really wanted to make the YZR-M1 a better bike but the more investigated it, the more I realised I needed something else, more than the bike. So we found Valentino Rossi. First of all I didn't believe Valentino would come to Yamaha because the bike wasn't great but somehow it worked. After South Africa in 2004 I felt like I was in heaven, it was a very exciting and memorable year. In 2004 Valentino was the only one who could win on the YZR-M1 so he contributed a lot to developing the bike. This year not only Valentino but also three other riders were fast so it's clear that our YZR-M1 is a pretty good bike. This is mainly because of Valentino's contributions over the years so I really appreciate that an d I want to wish him all the best in the future."

Lin Jarvis, Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Racing: "In 2003 when we had our worst year ever in GP racing and finally we said that whatever we were going to do, without Valentino Rossi on the seat it wasn't going to work! That was the point where we decided that we needed him. There were some exciting and secretive negotiations with Valentino and it was a very important decision but, with the backing of Masao Furusawa and the President of Yamaha Motor Company, we made it happen. It was ‘do or die'. With a huge commitment from Yamaha, the engineers and everybody in the team we made it work. We are very, very grateful because Valentino's arrival really turned things around for Yamaha and we came back to victorious ways. We are incredibly thankful and grateful to him for that. We've had so many exciting and enjoyable moments with him and with the crew that he brought with him, who are great guys. Today we will be saying goodbye to a great number of people including Davide Brivio, Jerry Burgess and the whole crew. We've had a super time, it's been a really excellent team and we will miss them tomorrow, it will be a strange day."

No matter what people have to say about Yamaha and Rossi, the current Yamaha YZR M1 is Rossi's baby and it would always be

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